Mariazell Basilica, Mariazell

Mariazell Basilica, also known as Basilica Mariä Geburt, is a Marian basilica in Mariazell, Austria. It is the most important pilgrimage destination in Austria and one of the most visited shrines in Europe. In the church, a miraculous wooden image of the Virgin Mary is honored.Early historyThe territory around Mariazell was given to the Monastery of St. Lambrecht around 1103, and the monks built cells there in order to serve the local residents. Legends give the town's founding day as December 21, 1157, but it is first documented in 1243. A Marian altar was dedicated there in 1266.The current church buildingThe Basilica of the Mariä GeburtIn the fourteenth century, a gothic church stood at Mariazell with a 90 m high spire and an ogive portal. In 1420 and 1474, the church was destroyed by fire. The church building was later expanded and redesigned in the Baroque style by Domenico Sciassia from 1644 to 1683. To the left and right of the gothic spire a baroque tower was built, the nave was lengthened and widened, and a dome was added on the eastern side. The high altar, consecrated in 1704, was designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.The twelve side chapels each contain a baroque altar. The plaster stucco work of the organ gallery and the 1737 organ console was created by the Viennese sculptor Johann Wagner in 1740.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We come every year to visit the Basilica for a prayer. We start from Italy specifically to meet the supernatural here. The basilica is uniquely beautiful because remarkably composed. The stucco on the ceiling, the pipe organ and the cell in silver of the Madonna are unparalleled. But what is striking is the aura of mysticism and loving prayer of our mom. You may not be a believer, but before that little statue and child you knees bend naturally. Worth coming to visit and pray.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Mariazell was probably the most important place of Habsburg devotion to Mary. Thanks to its medieval Foundation legends with references to the countries of Czech and Hungarian Mariazell in Austria was the Habsburg pilgrimage destination. Today almost every visitor sees the Basilica, but hardly a visitor sees the old beautiful gothic Karner. What I see here very laudable, this is the candle cave which is a necessity to protect of the Basilica as such.
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  • August 8, 2017
    However crowded beautiful church, with hardcore Catholics and other people of pilgrims. Pretty much tourist Klimm-BIM.
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  • February 3, 2017
    Beautiful baroque building, nicely renovated. The interior is richly decorated, especially interesting is the Gnadenkapelle with the Virgin Mary and the Little Jesus, the object of pilgrimage. It has a special atmosphere.
  • May 14, 2017
    Very nice, no entry fee, impressive!
  • September 12, 2016
    Crowded, But a nice Flair
  • February 10, 2014
    Nestled high in the Alpine mountains of Austria, the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariazell is the most-visited Marian shrine in Central Europe, receiving about a million pilgrims each year. The basilica and shrine is located at the center of Mariazell, which is also a popular resort town, and its three west towers can be seen from around the city. The central tower is Gothic and was preserved from the 14th-century church; the two flanking Baroque towers were added in the 17th century. The Gothic portal with carved tympanum has also been preserved. Inside, the miraculous statue is housed in the Lady Chapel or Chapel of Miracles, which stands directly over the place where Magnus established his monastic cell in 1157. The statue is a small (48 cm tall) Romanesque wooden figure of the seated Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child. In the Baby's hands are an apple and a fig, calling to mind the Fall of Adam, but also Christ's redemption of mankind. Both Mary and Jesus are almost entirely covered in rich garments and wear golden, jewel-encrusted crowns. Pilgrims who have received a blessing after praying to Our Lady of Mariazell leave ex-votos (gifts "out of thanks") at the shrine. As a testament to Mariazell's great popularity, the ex-votos represent one of the greatest numbers of nationalities of any Catholic shrine.
  • July 18, 2016

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